Michigan sophomore Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 14-points in a spot start for Caris LeVerrt Saturday.

Michigan sophomore Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman scored 14-points in a spot start for Caris LeVerrt Saturday.

With Caris LeVert out Saturday afternoon, Michigan needed help in the backcourt and got it from sophomore Muhammad-Ali Abdur-Rahkman.

Abdur-Rahkman scored 14-points starting in place of the injured LeVert, helping the Wolverines to a 79-56 blowout of Penn State to improve to 2-0 in Big Ten conference play.

"When your teammates go down you want to win for them," Abdur-Rahkman said afterward. "Especially (since) he's our captain and senior so we're glad we got this win."

Abdur-Rahkman said the Wolverines found out LeVert would miss the contest with the Nittany Lions just prior to tip-off.

Despite the short notice, Michigan came ready to play, much like the Wolverines do daily, even on the practice floor.

"I'm just trying to be prepared everyday at practice," he said. "Play like I'm going to play a lot of minutes so I'm never shocked or anything like that."

For Abdur-Rahkman, who saw extended action as a freshman as Derrick Walton Jr. and LeVert sat out with injury, the spot starts are normal.

"I guess it gave me a lot of experience from last year and I'm more comfortable stepping into that role," said Abdur-Rahkman.

Knocking down 14-of-25 three-pointers as a team, just three shy of tying a school record for one game, Abdur-Rahkman hit 2-of-3 from long range.

Quickly attacking Penn State from the perimeter, Michigan quickly changed the Nittany Lions approach defensively.

"It's pretty hard to stop," he said. "We start making threes people run out on us and we can get to the basket, score in the paint, keep teams honest."

"We kind of noticed they weren't going to let us get open threes anymore," added Abdur-Rahkman. "Just wanted to get to feet in the paint, see if we could find shooters. If not, just finish."


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